Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bynum General Store & Music Series

A long time ago, our adventurous and fun-loving friends took us for the first time to a music series in the little town called Bynum. We were immediately hooked and loved the laidback feel of this place. We finally got to take C with us this year.

Bynum is a tiny town off of 15/501 between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, located on the Haw River. It originally was established around a mill, which, unfortunately, is since long gone. Bynum itself fell into neglect and disrepair, but with the General Store still hanging around and given its proximity to Chapel Hill, it is seeing a gentrification of sorts. (If you want to read more about the history of Bynum, I like this website here: http://www.unc.edu/~jharmon/geog153/bynum/index.html.)The General Store opened in 1932 and I think some of the stuff was here when it opened. Really. It is small, musty, and completely wonderful. There are a bunch of kids games and toys, too, for use. Just treat them kindly and return them.

Every Friday night during the summer the nonprofit organization that oversees the General Store, with some help from the Chatham Arts Council, puts on a Front Porch music series. The music is free (although they do a pass the hat), a variety of styles but a lot of bluegrass and rockabilly, and starts at 7.

If the weather is nice, the music happens on the outside stage. If the music is questionable or crummy, the music happens inside the General Store. Also, if the concert is outside someone usually runs a craft time and story time inside the General Store from 7 -8 pm. The venue is small, but it is truly a family friendly event.

There is a hot dog vendor here, but you can bring your own food if you would like to picnic. Absolutely no alcohol allowed on the premises. There is a bathroom inside the General Store.

There are many other family friendly events that happen here throughout the year, so stay tuned to the website.

Bynum General Store and Front Porch Series
http://www.bynumfrontporch.org/
Friday nights May - September
950 Bynum Road
Bynum, NC

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